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JamCoders 2022 will run July 4 — 29 in Kingston, Jamaica, with activities for teaching assistants starting a week earlier.

Students

If you are currently a student in a Jamaican high school between 3rd and 5th form (9th through 11th grade) and would like to apply to JamCoders 2022, please apply here. JamCoders provides free dormitory rooms and meals for all student participants, and we welcome applications from all over Jamaica.

We are looking for students who have excelled academically in their schools, especially in mathematics and related subjects; no programming experience is required to apply.

Student application deadline: We will begin reviewing applications shortly after the application deadline. While we may still admit students who apply afterward, we strongly encourage you to apply by April 30 May 14 May 21, 2022. Completing the application will require:

  • School transcripts or report card copies (for the last 2 years)
  • A recommendation letter (preferably from a mathematics or computer science teacher)
  • Writing a short essay describing your interest in the program.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19*.

If your school or teacher prefers to submit transcripts/report cards or recommendation letters directly to JamCoders staff instead of giving them to you, please submit your application and have your school/teacher email the documents to jamcoders-admin@lists.eecs.berkeley.edu.

*As UWI Mona currently mandates vaccination for all students living on campus, vaccination is currently mandatory for participation in JamCoders 2022, both for students and for teaching staff. This requirement may be updated based on university policy updates. We encourage interested unvaccinated students to also apply.

Teaching assistants

Please click here to apply to be a teaching assistant. Positions are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early (ideally by March 31st). JamCoders provides flights (if not living in Jamaica) and housing for all teaching assistants. TAs should have some comfort with introductory algorithms and basic programming in Python.

We encourage TA applications from all nationalities and age groups, and from diverse backgrounds. Previous TAs for the similar AddisCoder program have ranged from graduating high school seniors with algorithms experience, to current PhD students, to senior software engineers in industry. We also strongly encourage applications from women and other groups underrepresented in computer science.

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Funding

The idea to start JamCoders was initially conceived by Jamar McNaughton (Chronixx) and the Chronixx team after reading about the AddisCoder program in Ethiopia, and he then made a generous founding donation to support creation of the program. We thank Chronixx for his vision and generosity. We would also like to acknowledge support from:

JamCoders is administered by AddisCoder Inc., which is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization (Federal EIN: 83-2581871) and welcomes donations from individuals via the button above.

Our Team

2022 Teaching Staff

Lecturers
Boaz Barak
Prof. Boaz Barak
Harvard University
Timnit Gebru
Dr. Timnit Gebru
DAIR Institute


Teaching Assistants

Bryan Baker
Bryan Baker
UWI Mona
Joel Beazer
Joel Beazer
VantAI
Michael Girma
Michael Girma
Bishop O'Dowd
Jabari Hastings
Jabari Hastings
Stanford University
Tyler Hou
Tyler Hou
UC Berkeley
Bereket Molla
Bereket Molla
Columbia University
Annamira O'Toole
Annamira O'Toole
UC Berkeley
Orr Paradise
Orr Paradise
UC Berkeley
Anakai Richards
Anakai Richards
UWI Mona
Nadia Sharp
Nadia Sharp
Columbia University
Elijah Tai
Elijah Tai
Harvard University
Natnael Teshome
Natnael Teshome
Harvard University


Organizers

Ra Bacchus
Ra Bacchus
Google
Joel Beazer
Joel Beazer
VantAI
Gunjan Mansingh
Dr. Gunjan Mansingh
(co-chair)
UWI Mona
Elecia Myers
Elecia Myers
UWI Mona
Jelani Nelson
Prof. Jelani Nelson
(co-chair)
UC Berkeley

We also thank many individuals and offices at The UWI Mona for their support, including Terry-Ann Collins-Fray, Shauna Grant, Athol Hamilton, Jason McKenzie, Rosalene Simmonds, and the Office of Student Services & Development.